The FORWARD Consortium

Vienna Technical University

The Technical University Vienna is the largest technical university in Austria and among the leading technical institutes in Europe. The university has more than 2,500 employees and is divided into eight faculties with more than 60 institutes. The Secure Systems Lab, which will be the direct partner for this project, is a joint research lab between the Institute of Information Systems and the Institute of Computer Aided Automation. Currently, the lab is composed of two faculty members, five PhD students, and nine Master's students. The research focus is on applied computer security, with a recent emphasis on web security, malware analysis, intrusion detection, and vulnerability analysis.

Institut Eurecom

Institut Eurecom is a non-profit research and teaching institute. It was founded in 1992 by EPFL and Telecom Paris. It specializes in communications and network engineering. Eurecom's academic and research activities are organized in three departments: Mobile Communications, Multimedia Communications and Corporate Communications. The Corporate Communications department is made up of six professors and assistant professors, two research engineers, a dozen junior researchers and a number of master students. The security of mobile devices as well as the monitoring and modeling of Internet threats are among its main areas of research. The group has established an international reputation and its members are well involved in their respective scientific communities.

VU University Amsterdam

The Vrije Universiteit (established 1880) is a private University located in the southern part of Amsterdam, The Netherlands. It has over 15,000 students studying in 12 faculties. The Computer Science Department is in the Faculty of Sciences and its staff consists of about 50 faculty members and several dozen postdocs and visiting researchers and more than 40 Ph.D. students. The Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU) is one of the leading European research centres in security, known for the work on intrusion detection and signature generation for polymorphic, zero-day attacks.


The Foundation for Research and Technology - Hellas (FORTH) is the largest Greek State Research and Development Center. It consists of seven Institutes; the Institute of Computer Science (ICS) is one of them. In its twenty-year history, FORTH-ICS has established itself as an internationally known and highly competitive research institute, with modern infrastructure and a broad range of research, development, and educational activities in computer science, computer engineering and in communications. FORTH-ICS is staffed by approximately: 25 Ph.D's, 70 engineers, 50 graduate student research assistants and 50 undergraduate student trainees.


IPP-BAS has a leading position among the scientific institutions in Bulgaria in the fields of Computer Science, Scientific Computations, Supercomputing, Natural Language Processing and Communications and Control. The staff of IPP-BAS consists of 108 people and the research staff includes 62 people, working in 7 departments. The activities of IPP-BAS are oriented mainly towards the creation and usage of advanced mathematical and information technologies, analysis and development of tools, practices and regulations for network monitoring, network security and with various Quality of Service (QoS) implementations.

Chalmers University

Chalmers University of Technology was founded in 1829. More than 10,000 people, including over 8,000 undergraduates, work and study in some of Chalmers' 16 departments. The expertise of the Department of Computer Science and Engineering (CSE) ranges from mathematical logic to applied industrial work with Intel. It combines scientific and engineering approaches aiming at developing dependable and secure ICT systems. The Security group has developed the link between two areas of computer science: programming languages and computer security.